BC Advantage - 2005 Issue 10

Electronic patient files to be required hospitals sift through mounds of paper

In an age of e-mail, online banking and the Blackberry, most medical records in the United States are still stored the old-fashioned way - on paper in filing cabinets.Hospitals and doctors have been slow to adopt the same electronic record-keeping technology that other industries such as banking and insurance have used for years.But that's starting to change, as the federal government prods the health care industry to come up with a standardized system for tracking patients electronically by 2014."From nearly anywhere in the world, we can withdraw money from our bank accounts, pay bills ... and even...

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